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Cambridge Public Health


I am a community and social psychologist interested in the sociocultural determinants of mental health and well-being, gender and socioeconomic health inequities, community development, global public health, and qualitative research. My doctoral research aims to critically unpack the dynamics of a successful wellness and empowerment intervention targeted at impoverished Indian women. I hope my research will produce policy relevant insight into processes underlying agency, development and social change under contextual adversity. Prior to my PhD, I completed the MPhil in Social and Development Psychology at Cambridge (2015-16), as part of which I looked at social representations of mental health and mental illness among slum-dwelling Indian women.

Publications from Elements

Theses / dissertations

2021 (No publication date)

  • Atal, S., 2021 (No publication date). Empowerment As Lived Experience: A Social Psychological Study of Empowerment Among Indian Women in a Development Context